CHAPTER 12 STRUCTURE OF THE MASTERS PROGRAM

MASTERS TRACKS

The Master’s program Biomedical Engineering (BME) takes up two years (120 EC) of nominal study. The program BME comprises two Master’s tracks in which students can specialise themselves:

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Molecular, Cellular & Tissue Engineering (MCTE)

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Human Function Technology (HFT).

Moreover, the HFT track comprises an extra differentiation: Care (HFT-Care)

Molecular, Cellular & Tissue Engineering (MCTE)

The MCTE track aims at research and development of new materials and tissues for artificial organs, artificial blood vessels and of replacements for skin, cartilage and bone. The emphasis of the track lies on the understanding, diagnosis and manipulation of the underlying molecular and cellular processes. Furthermore, the possibilities of gene modification in normal and pathological will be discussed and the cell responses to artificial materials are studied. The latter may lead to prevention of unfavourable responses.

This track enables specializations in all relevant related research questions: “Which materials are suitable for controlled release of medicines?” and “What matrices are suitable for reconstruction of tissue and organs?”.

The track comprises the following research areas:

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Tissue Engineering (Artificial culture of tissue)

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Biomaterials (Materials, suited for artificial organs or matrices)

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Biophysical Engineering (Diagnostic techniques for molecular and cellular processes.

This track is based on research and development.

Human Function Technology (HFT)

The HFT track aims at technology for research, development and design of diagnostics, therapy and rehabilitation. The track primarily focuses on analysis of failing functions of the human body and design of medical aids for support or rehabilitation. Advanced techniques for treatment are dealt with, together with analytical and imaging techniques of signals for clinical diagnostics. Moreover, the track enables students to thoroughly investigate all sorts of related research questions: “How can biomechatronics assist recovery of body movement functions or be launched as technology for rehabilitation or for reduction of physical strain”?

The track comprises the following research areas:

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Biomechanical Engineering (body motion, muscle movement, heart and lung functions, motion rehabilitation)

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Biosignals & System Engineering (neural functions, neural rehabilitation)

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Biomechatronics (combination of the two research areas above)

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Biophysics (diagnostic techniques for the first two research)

Medicine and techniques are brought together and are related to the patient. Besides studies on new medical aids and diagnostic equipment, the student may also focus on design of these two to improve the user functionality for patients and the clinical environment.

This Master’s track also has a sub track, called Health Care Technology:

The “Care” sub-track within the HFT track (HFT-Care) primarily aims at improvement of efficiency and effectiveness of health care processes (intramural, transmural and home based) with help of technological applications. The track simultaneously aims at applications to maintain the quality of life. Graduates from this sub track are able to play a constructive role in the innovation of health care with help of technology.

The main research areas in this sub track comprise:

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Biosignals and systems;

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Information and communication technology;

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Organisational and Business management;

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Methodology and statistics.

Research and education within the track places itself as much as possible in the rich learning environment of regional care and is based on a student-centred learning philosophy. The track has a character of design, development and application.

MASTERS CURRICULUM

The total program consists of minimally 120 EC. The tracks have to comprise:

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Three compulsory courses (listed in paragraph 12.4) of 5 EC each (15 EC),

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Elective courses or projects (45 EC),

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Minimally 15 EC of biomedical engineering courses in the chosen Master’s track. Generally these courses concern the strongly recommended courses by the chosen research group (listed in paragraph 8.11) that are often the main courses, provided by this group.

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Minimally 10 EC biomedical courses in the chosen track;

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A number of additional courses, recommended by the research group, often concerning supportive engineering courses;

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Courses of free choice, which may be provided by other Master’s tracks;

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An external internship (15 EC);

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A Master’s assignment (a thesis project of 45 EC).

The time scheme of the study program is:

Quarter

1.1

1.2

1.3

1.4

2.1

2.2

2.3

2.4

(EC)

15

15

15

15

15

15

15

15

 

C/E/T

A

C = Compulsory course

E = Elective course in engineering, biomedical or BME field, see additional demands above

T = Internship in health care or biomedical company

A = Master’s assignment

PROCEDURE OF COMPOSITION OF SET OF COURSES

To compose a suitable Master’s curriculum by choosing a set of courses, the following topics are important:

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What do you want? This will result in the specialisation of the Master’s program: track and research group. This choice has to be taken before start of the program, because this determines the main part of courses to be taken.

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How do you want to plan your program? The study program concludes with a Master’s assignment. So, especially the internship in the Master’s program is of concern for the planning a program, because this is hard to shift.

The following checklist represents the formalities concerning planning of the curriculum:

Checklist planning Master’s curriculum

Quarter

Planning

Application Forms

(Appendix 9)

Bachelor’s phase

- Orientation on tracks and Master’s specialisations

- Master’s information meeting

 

Before start progr.

- Choice of Master’s track and research group
- Determination of courses
- Planning of courses and internship

Application form for Course list

(BME website)

1st quarter

- Orientation on internships

- Determination and planning of an early internship

Forms Internship

(Student Mobiliteit System, internship coordinator)

2nd quarter

- Determination and planning of a late internship

 

4th quarter

- Orientation Master’s assignment

 

at least 1 month before start of Master’s assignment

- Determination and planning of Master’s assignment

Application form for Master’s assignment (BOOZ)

at least 1 month before graduation

- Determination Master’s assignment colloquium

Application form for Master’s exam (BOOZ)

8th quarter

Graduation BME

 

The chosen set of courses has to be approved by the professor of the research group, BOOZ and the Board of Examiners. The professor checks on suitability of specialisation in the direction of the research group. BOOZ checks on consent with general BME-requirements. The Board of Examiners checks the scientific level (not content) of the set of courses. After admission of all involved groups, the set of courses will be confirmed. The course form has to be submitted to BOOZ, which will forward the form to the Board of Examiners.

Changing of the approved set of courses has to be requested by submission of an argumented proposal at the Board of Examiners. The proposal has to be set on paper, signed by the professor of the research group and filed together with the old set of courses to the secretary of the Board of Examiners: Dr.ir. B.H.L. Betlem.

COMPULSORY COURSES

Molecular, Cellular & Tissue Engineering

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Tissue engineering (364004 5EC) Van Blitterswijk

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Biophysical technology (354201 5EC) Subramaniam, Otto

o

Biomaterials engineering I (135520 5EC) Dijkstra

Human Function Technology

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Support of human functions (121131 5EC) Veltink

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Design of biomedical products (115070 5EC) Koopman, Verkerke

General track:

o

Non-invasive diagnostics (354204 5EC) Van Leeuwen to be replaced by

Care sub track:

o

Home care technology (121147 5EC)

HOMOLOGATION PROGRAM

The standard homologation program (for side-continuates, which have completed the pre-Master’s track if necessary, see previous chapter) comprises the following compulsory courses:

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Anatomy and Physiology (270200 5EC) van Wessel

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Molecular Cell Biology (135006 5EC) Kruijer

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Health Care Organisation (273005 2,5EC) Kerkhoff

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Health Care & Rehabilitation Technology (273005 2,5 EC) Hermens

STRONGLY RECOMMENDED MASTER COURSES

The various research groups all have a list of courses that they strongly recommend in case of a planned Master’s assignment at their group. In the different Master’s tracks, the following research groups can be chosen:

Research groups for the Molucular Cellular and Tissue Engineering track

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Biocompatibility (TNW)

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Biomedical chemistry (TNW)

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Biophysical engineering (TNW)

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Low temperature physics (TNW)

o

Membrane Technology (TNW)

o

Molecular cell biology (TNW)

o

Polymer chemistry and Biomaterials (TNW)

Research groups for the Human Function Technology track

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Biochip group (TNW)

o

Biomechanical engineering (CTW)

o

Biomedical signals and systems (EWI)

o

Biophysical engineering (TNW)

o

Engineering fluids dynamics (CTW)

o

Health Care Technology (EWI)

o

Low temperature physics (TNW)

o

Physics of fluids (TNW)

o

Signals and Systems (EWI)

Not listed here is the BIOS group (EWI), which can be consulted for course recommendations.

In this sequence, the lists of strongly recommended courses per group are summarised below. A description of each research group is provided in chapter 9.

The categories of the recommended courses and their required minimum of EC’s are:

·

B = biomedical engineering (requirement: minimally 15 EC)

·

M = biomedical (requirement: minimally 10 EC)

·

E = engineering (no requirement)

A complete list of courses with category classifications is included in paragraph 12.6 and available at the BME web site.

Molucular Cellular and Tissue Engineering-track

Tissue Regeneration (MCTE, TNW)

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B 374001 Controlled drug and gene delivery (Engbersen / Feijen)

o

M 135043 Advanced cell biology theory (De Boer / Kruijer / Poot)

o

M 135044 Advanced cell biology lab (De Boer / Kruijer / Poot)

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E 374003 Biomedical Materials and Engineering II ( Feijen/Engbersen/Poot) OR

o

E 133521 Biomaterials; Materials for hard tissue replacements (Winnubst)

Contact: J. van den Brink (Prof.dr. C.A. van Blitterswijk)

Biomedical chemistry (MCTE, TNW)

o

B 374001 Controlled drug and gene delivery (Engbersen / Feijen)

o

B 132015 Biotechnology (Engbersen)

o

M 135043 Advanced cell biology theory (De Boer / Kruijer / Poot)

o

M 135044 Advanced cell biology lab (De Boer / Kruijer / Poot)

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E 374003 Biomedical Materials and Engineering II ( Feijen/Engbersen / Poot)

o

E 135014 Polymers & material science laboratory (Hempenius)

o

E 135515 Organic chemistry of polymers (Feijen / Vancso)

Contact: Prof.dr. J.F.J. Engbersen

Biophysical engineering (MCTE, TNW)

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B 350000 Biomedical optics (Steenbergen)

o

B 354203 Bio-nano technology (Bennink / Kanger / Subramaniam)

o

B 354202 Biochip diagnostics (Tudos/ Schasfoort/ Van den Berg)

o

M 135043 Advanced cell biology theory (de Boer / Kruijer / Poot)

o

M 135044 Advanced cell biology lab (de Boer / Kruijer / Poot)

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E 136013 Molecular Spectroscopy (Otto); if not obtained in bachelor

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E 350003 Optical microscopy & molecular imaging (Otto)

Contact: Dr.ir. J.S. Kanger

Low temperature physics (MCTE, TNW)

See recommended courses for this group in the HFT track

Membrane technology (MCTE, TNW)

o

B 373504 Biomedical membrane applications (Stamatialis)

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B 374001 Controlled drug and gene delivery (Engbersen/Feijen)

o

M 135043 Advanced cell biology theory (De Boer / Kruijer / Poot)

o

M 135044 Advanced cell biology lab (De Boer / Kruijer / Poot)

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E 373506 Colloids and interfaces (Lammertink)

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E 373505 Membrane technology laboratory (Stamatialis)

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E 135515 Organic chemistry of polymers (Feijen / Vancso)

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E 135014 Polymers & material science laboratory (Hempenius)

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E 133521 Biomaterials; Materials for hard tissue replacements (Winnubst)

From this list, courses have to be chosen that relate to the contents of the desired Master’s assignment.

Contact: Dr. D. Stamatialis

Molecular cell biology (MCTE, TNW)

o

B 350000 Biomedical optics (Steenbergen, Van Leeuwen)

o

M 135043 Advanced cell biology theory (De Boer / Kruijer / Poot)

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M 135044 Advanced cell biology lab (De Boer / Kruijer / Poot)

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E 350003 Optical microscopy & molecular imaging (Otto)

Contact: Prof.dr. W. Kruijer

Polymer chemistry and biomaterials (MCTE, TNW)

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B 374001 Controlled drug and gene delivery (Engbersen/Feijen)

o

B 374003 Biomedical material engineering II (Feijen, Engbersen)

o

M 135043 Advanced cell biology theory (de Boer / Kruijer / Poot)

o

M 135044 Advanced cell biology lab (de Boer / Kruijer / Poot)

o

E 135014 Polymers & material science laboratory (Hempenius)

o

E 135515 Organic chemistry of polymers (Feijen)

o

E 373506 Colloids and interfaces (Lammertink)

Contact: Dr. P.J. Dijkstra

Human Function Technology-track

Biochip group (HFT, TNW)

o

B 354202 Biochip diagnostics (Tudos/ Schasfoort/ Van den Berg)

o

B 354203 Bio-nano technology (Bennink / Kanger/ Subramaniam)

o

E 136013 Molecular Spectroscopy (Otto)

o

E 350003 Optical microscopy & molecular imaging (Otto)

Contact: Dr.ir. R.B.M. Schasfoort

Biomechanical engineering (HFT, CTW)

o

B 115047 Human movement control (Van der Helm / Van der Kooij)

o

B 121116 Biomechatronics (Veltink / Koopman)

o

M 121148 Technology assessment in neuro-rehabilitation (IJzerman)

o

M 121157 Rehabilitation (Rietman)

o

M 115474 Respiratory system (De Jongh)

o

E 112172 Design, production and materials (Akkerman)

Contact: Dr.ir. H.F.J.M. Koopman

Biomedical signals & systems (HFT, EWI)

o

B 121116 Biomechatronics (Veltink / Koopman)

o

B 121072 Biomedical signal acquisition (Olthuis)

o

M 121113 Neurotechnology (Rutten)

o

M 121148 Technology assessment in neuro-rehabilitation (IJzerman)

o

M 121155 Topics in anatomy and physiology (Marani)

(This year: Lower extremities)

o

M 121157 Rehabilitation (Rietman)

o

E 121044 Regeltechniek (Van Amerongen) OR

o

E 157109 Time series analysis and system identification (Meinsma)

Contact: Prof.dr.ir. P.H. Veltink

Biophysical engineering (HFT, TNW)

o

B 354203 Bio-nano technology.(Bennink / Kanger / Subramaniam)

o

B 350000 Biomedical optics (Steenbergen)

o

M 364006 Radiation expertise (KUN)

o

M 115474 Respiratory system (de Jongh)

o

E 136013 Molecular Spectroscopy (Otto)

o

E 350003 Optical microscopy & molecular imaging (Otto)

o

E 115115 Numerical methods for PDE (Bokhoven / Geurts)

Contact: Dr.ir. J.S. Kanger

Extra courses for Clinical Physics:

o

Number of mathematical courses, such as:

o

E 152120 Linear Algebra (Driessen),

o

E 110527 Mathematical modelling II (Vellekoop),

o

E 150600 Mathematical methods (Van den Broek)

o

Number of physics courses, such as:

o

E 364013 Nuclear & solid state physics (Harkema),

o

E 147017 Advanced physics of fluids (Van der Meer)

Contact: Prof. dr. A.G.J.M. van Leeuwen

Engineering fluids dynamics (HFT, CTW)

o

B 115039 Biomechanics (De Jongh / Koopman)

o

M 115474 Respiratory system (De Jongh)

o

E 358002 Experimental techniques in physics of fluids (Versluis / Ohl)

o

E 115115 Numerical methods for PDE (Bokhoven / Geurts)

Contact: Prof.dr.ir. F.H.C. de Jongh

Health care technology (HFT, EWI)

o

B 263100 Mobile e-health applications (B.J. van Beijnum)

o

M 121148 Technology assessment in neuro-rehabilitation (IJzerman)

o

B 121116 Biomechatronics (Koopman/Veltink)

o

M 153133 Medical statistics & epidemiology (Albers)

o

M 236050 E-Health strategies (Spil)

o

M 364007 Clinical safety & quality assurance (Vaartjes)

o

M 121157 Rehabilitation (Rietman)

o

E 411118 Effective health care technologies (Oudshoorn)

o

B 115047 Human movement control (Van der Helm/Van de Kooij)

Contact: Prof.dr.ir. H.J. Hermens

Low temperature physics (HFT, TNW)

o

B new Magnetic methods for (Neuro)imaging (ten Haken)

o

B 350000 Biomedical optics (Steenbergen)

o

B 121072 Biomedical signal acquisition (Olthuis)

o

B 382003 Reconstruction and visualisation (v.d. Heijden / Slump)

o

E 115115 Numerical methods for PDE (Bokhoven / Geurts)

Extra subjects for Clinical Physics:

o

Number of mathematical subjects, such as: Linear Algebra (E 152120, Driessen), Mathematical modelling II (E 1150527, Vellekoop), Mathematical methods (E 150600, van den Broek)

o

Number of physics subjects, such as: Nuclear & solid state physics (E 274013, Harkema), Advanced physics of fluids (E 147017, van der Meer)

Contact: Dr.ir. B. ten Haken.

Physics of fluids (HFT, TNW)

o

B 354207 Medical acoustics (De Jong)

o

M 115474 Respiratory system (De Jongh)

o

E 358002 Experimental techniques in physics of fluids (Versluis/Ohl)

o

E 147017 Advanced fluid mechanics (Van der Meer)

o

E 115115 Numerical methods for PDE (Bokhoven / Geurts)

Contact: Dr. A.M. Versluis

Signals & systems (HFT, EWI)

o

B 121116 Biomechatronics (Veltink / Koopman)

o

B 121072 Biomedical signal acquisition (Olthuis)

o

B 382003 Reconstruction and visualisation (Van der Heijden / Slump)

o

B new Imaging, advanced topics (Slump)

o

E 121090 Pattern analysis with applications in biometrics (Veldhuis)

o

E 121091 Image processing (Van der Heijden)

o

The biomedical courses according to the HFT track.

Contact: Prof.dr.ir. C.H. Slump

For recent information about the master, consult: http://www.tnw.utwente.nl/bmt (/Master).

LIST OF CATEGORISED BME COURSES

All BME courses, arranged by course name, are classified per category (M, B and E), per track and quarter in which they can be followed. On the BME website, a Master’s course list can be found, which can be easily arranged on these different categories. The list below is arranged on course name.

For the actual list and the schedules per track see www.tnw.utwente.nl/bme